Get Paid What You’re Worth – How to Ask for a Raise the Right Way

In today’s economy, most people are thankful just to have their jobs.  Still, despite layoffs and salary cuts, many professionals and executives are deserving of pay raises.  If your responsibilities have increased and you feel that you’re underpaid, or if you haven’t been offered a raise in years, it may be time to ask for… Read more »

HR Responds as Older Workers Delay Retirement

U.S. workers are working longer – and retiring later.  Why? According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey (as reported by Workforce.com): about 36 percent of respondents cite the poor economy; 16 percent say their lack of faith in Social Security is forcing them to postpone retirement; 13 percent claim they simply can’t… Read more »

When it Comes to Work/Life Issues, Men and Women are More Alike than Different

Men and women are different in many ways.  But when it comes to work/life balance issues, they apparently share several of the same concerns. Results from a WorldatWork fall 2010 research study conflict with a previously wide-held assumption about the differences between men and women – namely, that male identity is rooted in work, while… Read more »

When It Comes to Interviewing, Less is More

When preparing for big interviews, most food & beverage professionals focus on what they’re going to say – about their work experience, accomplishments, goals, strengths and weaknesses. While it’s certainly essential to know how to speak intelligently in an interview, it’s just as important to know how to listen.  A good recruiter will critically evaluate… Read more »

New Interviewing Technology: How to Prepare for an Online Interview

More and more, food & beverage organizations are using real-time technology such as Skype to screen candidates and conduct initial interviews.  Online interviews deliver several benefits, allowing interviewers to “meet” candidates without incurring substantial travel expenses. For many food & beverage job seekers, an online interview is a convenient and less stressful way to interview… Read more »

Assessing Hiring Needs: Should Food & Beverage Employers DIY or Use a Recruiter?

When it’s time to hire the best food & beverage professionals for your organization, you face a critical decision:  should you do it yourself, or work with an experienced, specialized executive recruitment firm like Kinsa? It would be easy (and logical) to use this question as a launching pad for a sales pitch.  The true… Read more »

Assessing Executive Talent – Using Business Simulations to Augment Your Recruiting Process

Are your candidates just “talking the talk,” or can they truly “walk the walk”? Determining who a candidate really is, and what he can really do, are critical parts of a job interview.  But when it comes to evaluating executive food & beverage talent, résumés and interviews only reveal so much.  As a talent manager,… Read more »

Bipolar Beverages? Energy and Relaxation Drinks Take Beverages (and Consumers) to New Extremes

Stressed out?  Anxious?  Jet-lagged? For years consumers sought drinks laden with ingredients like caffeine, taurine, electrolytes and herbs to give them the extra energy boost they craved.  But lately, manufacturers have introduced several non-alcoholic concoctions that promise just the opposite – they help you unwind. Today, it seems it’s not enough for a drink to… Read more »

Changes and Trends in Food & Beverage: New “MyPlate” Symbol, Trends in Health Ingredients

If there is one constant in the food & beverage industry, it’s change.  Whether the source of that change is the government or the general population, we at Kinsa Group stay on top of the issues that are important to your food & beverage organization.  Here are two key updates, in case you missed them:… Read more »

Biggest Challenges Facing HR in the Next Decade

What do you think will be the biggest challenges facing HR during the next decade? This is one of the questions posed in a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management titled “Challenges Facing Organizations and HR in the Next 10 Years.” The survey responses, gathered from 449 HR professionals, show that: Getting and… Read more »